PHOTO: Local Cup & Cake owner Haley Hanson bakes all cupcakes for the shop. “I kind of just make stuff up,” said Hanson. I’m like, ‘What sounds good?’ And I try to turn it into a cupcake. I made a peach cobbler cupcake. I’ll try anything. You name it, I try to make it.” (Photos by Alex T. Paschalfirstname.lastname@example.org)
The window wasn’t really thought of as more than just a window at Local Cup and Cake, which opened in September in the Sublette Mini Mall at 100 S. Front St., but Neave and her sister, owner Haley Hanson, have learned to use it to their advantage.
“It’s a small-town coffee shop,” Hanson said – a place where everyone knows everyone else’s name.
“We’re aiming to have the vibe of kind of a low-key hangout place for anybody of all ages, to relax or come get coffee,” she said. “Just a friendly, inviting atmosphere. Not too busy.”
That’s something that sets the shop apart from its corporate competitors, Hanson said.
“It’s not crazy, and everything is fresh, from grounding the beans to making the espresso. All done right when you order it,” she said.
The coffee isn’t the only thing made fresh. The shop sells muffin and cupcakes too, and not necessarily the same kind day in and day out, either.
“I kind of just make stuff up,” said Hanson, who does all of the baking. “I’m like, ‘What sounds good?’ And I try to turn it into a cupcake. I made a peach cobbler cupcake. I’ll try anything. You name it, I try to make it.”